PennDOT working on potholes to help keep your car out of the shop

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – This is the time of the year when potholes start to open up.

PennDOT spokeswoman Fritzi Schreffler says very cold temperatures followed by warmer weather create cracks and holes under the pavement and then water gets in.

When the water does its freezing and thawing, it weakens the pavement and potholes show up,” Schreffler said.

Road crews are working to fill potholes with a temporary fix until the weather stays consistent. After that, they will use a hot asphalt for permanent repairs.

Schreffler says they need help finding problem spots.

Repair shops like Pep Boys in Lower Paxton Township see their share of the damage caused by potholes. Service advisor Carlos Mills says they do a lot of alignment work.

“When you hit a big pothole, you might not notice for a few months down the road,” Mills said. “Until you notice that, your tires start wearing.”

To report potholes on state roads, call 1-800-FIXROAD.

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